Starting Small, Talking Big
COMING SOON IN 2024
Communicating with Young Children with Complex Physical Needs and CVI
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Do you support a child with complex needs?
"Starting Small, Talking Big: Communicating with Young Children with Complex Physical Needs and CVI" focuses on developing connection and communication in young children who face complex physical challenges and Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).
These modules serve as building blocks to equip providers and families with the knowledge, skills, and tools required to effectively communicate with and advocate for young children who have complex physical needs and CVI.
This course integrates parallel learning, partner-assisted scanning, parent coaching, teamwork, and inclusion strategies to provide a holistic approach to supporting these exceptional young individuals.
Upon completion of this course, you will be more equipped to make a meaningful impact and establish connections with young children facing communication challenges, complex physical needs, and CVI. You will possess the knowledge and strategies necessary to assist them in communication and skill development. Join us in championing the potential of every child, regardless of their unique challenges.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Linda J. Burkhart
Linda Burkhart is an internationally known teacher and leader in the field of assistive technology for children with severe challenges. She has developed numerous adapted switches and innovative strategies for using these devices with children. She is the author of a number of books and software titles on topics of assistive technology and augmentative communication.
Linda was a classroom teacher for fifteen years. Then for eight years, she worked as an Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Specialist for the Center for Technology in Education - a joint project between the Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland State Department of Education. Currently, Linda works as a private consultant and technology integration specialist.
Course will include:
- Practical strategies for introducing and implementing robust AAC
- Dispelling AAC Myths and Building Aided Language Learning Environments
- Parallel Learning
- Understanding Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
- Caregiver Coaching
- Teaching Movements for Communication
- Transition to school
- Case Studies
- Practical resources